About us

Melbourne Photographic Society has been in existence since 1921 and is the longest established civic organisation in Melbourne, South Derbyshire.

The Society’s season of meetings runs from late September to late April and it meets every Thursday evening (with the odd exception) from 19:30 hours until 22:00 hours in the Thomas Cook Memorial Hall (pictured below), High Street, Melbourne, opposite Doves Garage.


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Membership is open to all regardless of their level of photographic expertise. Melbourne Photographic Society prides itself on being a friendly organisation and visitors and new members are always made to feel welcome. Some of our members are active or retired professional photographers, whilst others are just learning the basics – and with a whole range in between.

The Society has an active programme of visiting speakers, internal and external competitions and members’ nights. Our social side is also active – so much so that even out of season, members meet up every week (usually at a local pub) and also plan photographic outings.

Members pay an annual membership fee of £37 (Junior Members under 18 years of age £15) plus a £1.50 entrance fee (to include tea/coffee and biscuits) per meeting. Joint Membership (two people residing at the same address) is available at an annual fee of £54, plus the above entrance fee per person. One of the benefits of membership is that members can borrow some of the Society’s equipment for short periods. One of our most requested items is the Spyder – a device for calibrating your computer monitor so that what appears on your printer or from the photolab is more like what you see on the screen.
Visitors are also welcome and pay a visitors’ fee of £3.50 (to include tea/coffee and biscuits) per meeting. So if you are interested but wary about parting with your hard earned cash for a whole season’s membership, why not come along as a visitor for a couple of meetings before making up your mind. New members are always welcome at any point during the season, so if you are thinking about becoming a member, why not come along for a ‘try before you buy’ session or contact any of the committee members.